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Last days of this blog?

Still progressing on Neptune Re;Birth 3. I feel like I’ve done this before… ^^; (the gameplay hasn’t really changed since Re;Birth 1, just tweaks and UI improvements).

Anyway, I’ve had this gaming diary blog for more than 5 years, with about 1,000 posts (most of them ‘short reports’). It’s my ‘most successful’ blog, and the stats are ‘not bad’, although I wonder how many of those are actually real people visits…  ^^; (i.e., not just some computer programs)

And now I’m thinking of taking it to the next level with self-hosted site (still WordPress, but not WordPress.com). This time, it will not be just about gaming (the ‘limitation’ of this current blog), and it will have ‘higher production values’.

On the other hand, I don’t think it’s going to change much ^^; I am still me, and it’s not like I suddenly have a new interest just because I’m creating a new blog…

I’m also still not ready to reveal my real-life identity yet (maybe sometime in the future…)

But yeah, thank you for visiting this blog (and if you’re a long-time visitor, for all these years). I hope you also take interest in my next blog, which will hopefully be more than just ‘some random guy posting a short text-only short report of his gaming’ ^^;

It’s time for backlog check again

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It can fit inside a box now…

RPG games:

  • Neptune VII
  • Neptune Re;Birth 3
  • Totori Plus
  • Meruru Plus
  • Shin Rorona
  • Fairy Fencer F
  • Conception II
  • End Of Eternity
  • Lightning Returns FFXIII
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

Other RPG games:

  • The Guided Fate Paradox (dungeon crawler)
  • Super Heroine Chronicle (SRPG)

Skill-heavy action games:

  • Metal Gear Rising
  • DmC
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus

Fighting games:

  • Persona 4 Arena
  • Street Fighter X Tekken

Dynasty Warriors-style games:

  • Sengoku Musou 3Z
  • Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate

Others:

  • Metal Gear Solid 2 (stealth action)
  • Muramasa Rebirth (2D scroller)
  • Catherine (action puzzle)
  • Dream Club Zero Portable (dating)

20+ games… can I finish it in a year’s time? (Not considering that I might also acquire more games this year)

Anyway, I’m starting Neptune Re;Birth 3 on Vita now… Part of the reason is I might get sent overseas for 1-2 weeks project so it made more sense to start a Vita game now.

Atelier Ayesha, Platinum

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This is it; the very first Atelier game I managed to complete and get platinum trophy, but with constant hand-holding from wiki and guides.

It’s kind of funny; this is a kind of game that I (and probably others) were searching for: an RPG game that is not ‘linear’, not cliché about saving the world, not all about battles, and gives more screen time than normal to sub-characters.

But maybe sometimes we don’t actually want what we think we want…

But yeah, nice graphics and atmosphere, the characters are likable, and the music grew up on me (even the comedic and slice-of-life kind) even though I only played the game for just a week.

I also like Ayesha when she is shivering. Very cute XD

I think I got the hang of alchemy system a bit, the ‘flow’ of the game (the time system, fulfilling requests, getting more recipes, duplicating items via shops, triggering events etc) (though I guess it’s different for each Atelier game).

But yeah, hopefully some of these knowledge can transfer over to other Atelier games. Backlog wise, I still have Totori Plus, Meruru Plus and Shin Rorona… (And for the next one I’ll be playing, I plan to play with less hand-holding, and don’t care if I get bad ending or need multiple playthroughs.)

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I bought both DLC add-ons of Metal Gear Rising Revengeance (Sam and Blade Wolf) but was put off by the difficulty of those DLC add-ons (some of the VR missions, and the Revengeance difficulty itself).

Generally, the parry system, which seems to be of critical importance in higher difficulties… I don’t know, I can’t seem to execute it consistently (it’s flick the left stick toward the incoming attack + press attack button at the same time) (naturally if we perform it wrong, it becomes an attack and if we’re really supposed to parry at the moment we’ll get hit instead etc).

Instead, I looked at my RPG backlog and for some reason decided on Atelier Ayesha (the non-‘Plus’ PS3 version).

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I’m basically following a guide to the letter though; those ‘get everything in one playthrough’ kind.

I’m a beginner when it comes to Atelier series. I know I’m supposed to experiment and generally just have fun in the first playthrough while learning the system, and then attempts to do better in my next playthroughs.

But yeah, it doesn’t really sit well with my attempt to clear my backlog. If it’s the only game that I have, sure… but right now it’s not the case. Maybe when I have less backlog I would attempt a no-guide Atelier game playthrough… (I still have Totori Plus, Meruru Plus and New Rorona) but yeah, not now.

Anyway, I’m liking so far the graphics, the characters, the voices, the music etc of Atelier Ayesha. I think it’s really not a bad game to be immersed into.

I’ve played quite far into the game now that it would be a waste to stop halfway. So I’m confident that I would clear the game; it’s just a matter of whether I can do it in one playthrough or that I would need an additional one (if I screw up in following the guide somewhere).

This is really my first real dive into series (the other Atelier games, I just tried for 30 minutes and gave up halfway) but still with hand-holding.

Date A Live Rio Reincarnation, Platinum

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Decided to just clear this very easy game (visual novel) before moving on to other games.

This Vita game actually contains both previous Date A Live PS3 games Rinne Utopia and Ars Install, plus a new scenario called Rio Reincarnation.

Since I played the PS3 games before, I just fast forwarded through their content. There’s a useful site http://seiya-saiga.com/game/galge/vita/date_a_live_vita.html to get all the endings & events etc.

I did savor the new scenario though. It has 4 endings (‘about one’ each for the game-exclusive heroines, including the new heroine Rio) but it’s really only one route (and it means no endings for the normal heroines, although I think they’ve had quite enough in the PS3 games).

I think the scenario is about the same length as ‘normal’ run in the PS3 games. So yeah, the extra content is neither a lot (definitely they can’t release it as a standalone game) nor it’s just an afterthought.

But yeah, to be able to meet with Rinne Sonogami and the Ars sisters again, even though they were supposed to disappear in previous PS3 games… T.T and to give options to stay with them in the ‘bad’ endings T_T

And the subtitle ‘Reincarnation’ is particularly fitting in one of the endings (pretty impressed with the concept 0.o)

So yeah, I pretty much enjoyed the new content X)

But yeah, I think that’s pretty much it for Date A Live visual novel games T.T The extra scenario in this game is like a ‘closure’ (that’s why they bring back the game-exclusive heroines for one last time). I think it’s quite ridiculous if they were to release another game with another game-exclusive heroine…

(Speaking of which, I don’t know what the Date A Live Movie is all about…)

Now, back to clearing my backlog… ^^;

Ciel nosurge, trophy complete, but…

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Strictly speaking, I haven’t beaten the game yet. There’s a final paid DLC add-on called Terminate Pack which has no trophies, that would task the player to build a complicated item (apparently it can take 300+ hours depending on how many items you already have currently) in order to see the game’s ending.

Not only that, there is a good/better/special/true ending only if you link up this game with the second game of Surge Concerto series, which is Ar nosurge. And I don’t have that game yet. So even if I were to buy Terminate Pack and build the item, I would only see the bad/normal/standard ending. Maybe I’ll get Ar nosurge once I have beaten more RPGs. That game seems quite interesting particularly since it features the older version of characters from Ciel nosurge.

So yeah, I think I’ll stop with this game for now, even though I haven’t beaten it. In the future if they shut down the server and the game is no longer playable, I can always buy this game’s ‘complete’ version called the Offline version, which as the name says has been modified to require no online connection and it has time-skipping features (and other extra features).

But yeah, as much as I have grown slightly attached with the game’s world, this game has literally taken my Vita hostage for months. I’m glad that it’s over for now and I can finally move on to another game on Vita.